Muslim Scientists and Thinkers–Muhammad Ibn Al-Idrisi

Muslim Scientists and Thinkers–Muhammad Ibn al-Idrisi
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A Muslim scientist for years has made great contributions and thus was believed to have reached their zenith particularly in the Golden Age of Islam (ca. 8-13thcc). Studies have shown that during this time, the Islamic world was known for many scientific breakthroughs and inventions. Further research has shown that majority of the scientific breakthroughs that were invented by Muslims were widespread across India, Asia, Persia and even Arab lands (Masood, 2009, p. 126). It is evident that majority of the scientist who made the major contribution in this field of the scientific breakthrough are known up to date as a result of major contributions that they made such as Muhammad Ibn al-Idrisi this essay will, therefore, focus on Arab scientist and scholar by focusing specifically on Al-Idris.

Muslim Scientists and Thinkers–Muhammad Ibn al-Idrisi
According to Muslim Geographer: Al-Idrisi, (2007), Muhammad Ibn al-Idrisi was born in 1099 and raised in Andalusian city, Ceuta. Al-Idrisi was one o the descendants of the ruler of Morocco, Idris, a direct descendant of Hazrat Hasan, who was Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Al-Idrisi schooled in Cordoba and traveled in various parts of the world in search of vital geographical information and data in addition to other plant samples. He was thus successful in gathering enough information and measurements concerning the earth’s surface to be used in the completion of the world map. Studies have shown that al-Idrisi fame and competence became widespread that he was later invited by King Roger II of Sicily to develop an up to date world map. He worked in the Norman King’s court until the time he died in 1166 CE.

Mohammad Al-Idrisi was considered one of the skilled and competent geographers, traveled, a botanist in addition to a cartographer during his period. For instance, he is famous in the west where he is known as a competent...